"The Dutch jazz drummer and multi-instrumentalist JOOST LIJBAART releases with "Free" a stylistically open and spiritual percussion post-jazz album, which invites the listener to an exciting and partly meditative sound journey..."Inmusic, 23-4-2021
"Free is an album I’ve wanted to make all my life. I didn’t know how, I was too busy and I was also a bit afraid of it.
And then there was a time when the world seemed to come to a standstill. A time of reflection and contemplation. It gave me the energy to embark on an inner dialogue, spiritually and musically.
Free became an inward journey. And on the way I found desolation and fear but also power, joy, passion and infinity. Free is all about unity, about becoming ‘one’, but also about space and time. About what lies deep within and sometimes long concealed. "
The Dutch jazz drummer and multi-instrumentalist JOOST LIJBAART releases with "Free" a stylistically open and spiritual percussion post-jazz album, which invites the listener to an exciting and partly meditative sound journey...
... Lijbaart... knows how to build up his suspense arcs in such a way that each beat acquires the quality of a letter for a serial novel....
Each track on this album evokes its own atmosphere that everyone will interpret differently. Lijbaart's musical inner journey has therefore resulted in a special album.
Written in music, 10-12-2020
... Finally, Lijbaart succeeded in using his various instruments like brushes, which, from a colorful palette of different colors, with the help of various painting techniques, have created a picture of vivid expression. And so Free has not become a typical solo record of a jazz drummer, but can rather compete with productions by Stephan Micus. In any case, I listen to music for inner reflection, meditative silence envelops me....
19 to 20 points high flyers
Musik an sich, 06-12-2020
Free in an infinite sound universe.
During the lockdown Joost Lijbaart finally found peace to make the solo album Free.
The power of Free lies in the wide instrumentation: from gongs, cymbals and Japanese drums to harmonium, vibraphone, glockenspiel and balafon. We look straight into the soul of Lijbaart.
A very nice spiritual album.
Free - The rhythmic silence of drums - a conversation with Joost Lijbaart. An experienced internationally playing drummer from the Netherlands informs about his new album.
We feel desolation, fear, we are in the dark of space and in the vortex of time, but we are together, it is powerful and it generates joy.
Mad Jazz, 10-11-2020
This quiet music contains much silence. It lives from the tension between the high bright frequencies of the clanging cymbals and the sparse low frequencies of the drums...
.. Alone on drums and various percussion instruments plus flute and harmonium he creates his world of sounds...